Games Industry Celebrates Movember

Raising awareness for men’s health while simultaneously growing badass ‘staches.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


It’s officially Movember, the month where butch men grow mustaches for charity and raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. This year, developer Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider) has put together a friendly little competition amongst industry folks to see who can grow the grandest mustache and earn the most money for charity.

At the time of this article’s posting, nearly 425 contestants have joined the cause from over 20 developers and publishers, including EA Games, Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal, Volition, Beenox, Turn 10 Studios and many more. Even some gaming journalism sites, like Joystiq, are getting in on the action. I would be on the frontlines as well if I could grow anything that resembled actual facial hair. Unfortuantely, I wasn't blessed with that gene.

"As a studio we’re always up for a laugh and light-hearted fun, especially in the name of a good cause,” says Crystal Dynamics' global brand director Karl Stewart. “Considering a large sector of the industry has been entrenched in Movember effort for years, there seemed a perfect opportunity to join forces for both a collaborative and competitive initiative."

So far, the “Gaming Challenge” network has raised over $6,500 and Movember is just getting started. If you’re feeling generous, feel free to throw the cause a few bucks to not only feel good about yourself, but also to help charity and raise awareness for men’s health. Since Movember’s inception in 2004, the cause has raised more than $174 million. The only downside? Ladies are not huge fans of every man on earth attempting their best Burt Reynolds impression…